Scam Alert

Knox, Morrow residents targeted in phone scam

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Columbus District Office of Investigative Services is investigating several suspicious telephone calls that have been received by Knox and Morrow county residents from individuals claiming to represent the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

February 2, 2013

Scam Alert

Be on alert for federal grant scam

In this economy, a $7,000 government grant sounds like a good thing, but chances are it’s just another in a long list of scams which have swept the area in recently, and John Fongheiser would like people to be on their guard.

January 16, 2013

Scam Alert

A letter like this has been circulating. It is a known scam and should be ignored.
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November 16, 2012

Scam Alert

There is a Publisher's Clearing House Scam happening. The caller will advise you that you have won and ask for money to be overnighted. Please remember Publisher's Clearing House never asks for money. County Law Enforcement, the Better Business Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission have all been alerted to this scam.

October 29, 2012



The mission of the Knox County SALT Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) partnership is to bring local law enforcement, seniors or senior organizations, and the community together to reduce the criminal victimization of older persons and to provide knowledge and education to keep seniors safe and secure in our community. This is done through educational and crime prevention seminars, the development of programs that directly address needs of seniors in our county, and through open communications between public safety personnel and the elderly.

Our SALT Council works through our mission to achieve our purpose of:

  • Reducing criminal victimization of Older persons through crime prevention training and initiatives.
  • Enhances the delivery of law enforcement and social services to older persons.
  • Provides quality crime prevention training to seniors.
  • Supporting law enforcement efforts and services.
  • Developing a spirit of cooperation among law enforcement agencies in the TRIAD area.
  • Informing seniors of the variety of law enforcement and related services available to them.
  • Heightening law enforcement’s awareness of the aging process and issues exclusive to seniors.
  • Increasing the active involvement of seniors in the planning, development and implementation of strategies and programs designed by them to best meet their needs.


Vice President

Jane Carpenter

  E-mail   Phone 740-625-6095


Cheryl Splain

  E-mail   Phone



Date Time Event Description Local Link
March 14, 2013 2:00 p.m. Monthly Meeting Station Break 160 Howard Street Mount Vernon Ohio   Get Directions
April 2, 2013 12:30 p.m. Area Agency on Aging will talk about senior rights and caregivers in the home. Fredericktown Senior Activity Center 117 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, Ohio   Get Directions
April 8, 2013 1:00 p.m. Quarterly Meeting Station Break 160 Howard Street Mount Vernon Ohio   Get Directions
April 11, 2013 2:00 p.m. Monthly Meeting Station Break 160 Howard Street Mount Vernon Ohio   Get Directions


Frequently Asked Questions

Elder Abuse refers to any negligent act by a caregiver or any other adult that causes harm or serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.

Physical Abuse - inflicting physical pain or injury.

Sexual Abuse – touching, fondling, intercourse or any other sexual activity.

Emotional Abuse – verbal assaults, threats of abuse, harassment or intimidation.

Confinement – restraining or isolating for other than medical reasons.

Passive Neglect – failure to provide life’s necessities, including food, clothing, shelter, or medical necessities.

Willfull Deprivation – willingly denying medication, medical care, shelter, food, a therapeutic device or other physical assistance.

Physical Indicators
  • Injury incompatible with explanation
  • Cuts, lacerations, puncture wounds
  • Bruises, welts, discoloration, burns
  • Dehydration, malnourishment
  • Weight loss
  • Pallor or poor skin hygiene
  • Sunken eyes and cheeks
  • Pulled out hair
  • Soiled clothing or bed, left in waste
  • Locked in room, tied to furniture
  • Broken bones
Financial Indicators
  • Unpaid bills when income is adequate
  • Food, clothing and care needs not met
  • Complaints of theft of property or jewelry
  • Missing checks
  • Suspicious Power of Attorney
  • Suspicious changes in titles to property
  • Promises of care in exchange for assets
  • ATM transactions by homebound senior
  • Large or unusual bank transactions
Behavioral Indicators
  • Withdrawn, depressed, resigned, helpless
  • Hesitates to talk openly
  • Implausible stories for injuries or events

TRIAD is a collaborative approach to reducing crimes against older persons. It involves seniors and law enforcement working in partnership on strategies and activities to reduce crime and criminal victimization of older persons.

Local TRIAD partners
  • Knox County Prosecutor
  • Knox County Sheriff
  • Danville Chief of Police
  • Fredericktown Chief of Police
  • Mount Vernon Chief of Police
  • Adult Protection Services
  • Community Groups
  • Organizations devoted to seniors
  • Local senior citizens

A key element of a TRIAD is the SALT Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together). SALT. is an advisory board designed to serve first as a sounding board to seniors in the community, then communicate the issues and concerns raised to law enforcement. In this way, law enforcement is better equipped to identify and address the issues older residents have identified as important issues or concerns. The SALT Council meets the second Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. at the Station Break in Mount Vernon. Concerned Seniors are welcome to attend.